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Coordinates: 7°37′S 15°03′E / 7.617°S 15.050°E / -7.617; 15.050

Uíge
Municipality and town
Country Angola
ProvinceUíge Province
Elevation
2,815 ft (858 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total119 815
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Uíge (briefly Carmona) is a provincial capital city in northwestern Angola located in the province of the same name. It grew from a small market centre in 1945 to becoming a city in 1956.

Name

Uíge was renamed[1] Vila Marechal Carmona in 1955 after the former Portuguese President Óscar Carmona, renamed simply Carmona after it became a city, but changed back to Uíge in 1975.

History

During Portuguese occupation it was a major center for coffee production in the 1950s.[2] The city was the nerve center of rebel activity against Portuguese occupation. Consequently, the city faced frequent guerrilla war between Portuguese forces and the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola; FNLA).[3] It had the worst known ever outbreak of the Marburg virus in 2005.

Demographics

As of 2010. it had a population of 119,815.[4].

References

  1. Eribo, Festus (1997). Press freedom and communication in Africa. Africa World Press. pp. 330–. ISBN 9780865435513. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  2. "Uige". Encyclopedia Brittanica. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  3. "City councils of Angola". Statoids. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
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